Those of us who spent our careers on the prosecution side have plenty of criticism of the defense bar, but we also know how important that defense attorneys are to the integrity and sound functioning of the criminal justice system, standing as a barrier between the accused and the awesome legal arsenal of the state. Doing that job is not easy, and the stakes are incredibly high. Truth be told, it is hard not to feel sympathy for them sometimes, as Bill Otis notes in this post over at C&C. The post concerns a criminal defendant who brought two bags of marijuana – hidden in his underwear – into the courtroom during his probation violation hearing. Link to the local Ohio news story is here, from Fox19 in Cincinnati. You must read the transcript of the colloquy between the judge, the defendant, and his defense lawyer.